Saturday, August 12, 2017

Western Avenue Bridge over CS&SC in Chicago, IL

(Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges3D Satellite)

MWRD posted
Historical photo of the week: The Western Ave bridge in the open position for passing boat traffic on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal on August 23, 1916.
Bob Lalich That is the McCormick tractor works, which was located on both sides of Western Ave on the canal. This bridge was replaced by a lift bridge just before WWII.

MWRD posted
Historical Photo of the Week: The Western Ave bridge over the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, looking north, showing the laying of timber for paving on February 13, 1925.
[Note the streetcars. The canal level off to the right looks rather high.]
MWRD posted
Historical photo of the week: Onlookers watch while a worker places pavers on the Western Ave bridge over the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal on February 13, 1925.

Bridge Hunter indicated the current bridge was built in 1940 and rehabilitated in 1942. I was wondering had to be fixed just two years later. It turns out the bridge was not the problem, World War II was the problem. As discussed earlier postings, the bridges on the canal were made movable during WWII so that submarines from Manatowic, WI and landing craft from a shipyard on the North Branch of the Chicago River could go to New Orleans because the east coast shipyards were considered too vulnerable to Nazi submarines.

HAER ILL, 16-chig, 163--1 from il0605

1. LONG VIEW LOOKING EAST FROM SCISSORS BRIDGE - Western Avenue, Sanitary & Ship Canal Bridge, Spanning Sanitary & Ship Canal, Chicago, Cook County, IL


MWRD posted
The Western Avenue bridge over the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, looking west, on June 10, 1924.
Dennis DeBruler Was that the I&M Canal pumping station on the left? In the 1970s, I was on the bridge taking photos of it. Fortunately my wife was with me because she spotted a big 5-foot or so square hole in the sidewalk of the bridge before I fell through it.

MWRD posted
The Western Ave bridge in the open position for passing boat traffic on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal on August 23, 1916.

David Wilson from his photoset
19880514 02 ICG CM&W IMX, Chicago, IL
IMX was a combined Illinois Central Gulf and Chicago, Missouri and Western facility.
[In 1988, Western Avenue still had its lift spans.]




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